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‘Contribute to uplift needy temples’

Members of the Buddhist community including the clergy should contribute to uplift needy temples parallel to the efforts of the government. It is the duty of those who could afford, to provide requirements to the temples which are rendering unique services to discipline the society, said Parliamentary Affairs Secretary to the President Kumarasiri Hettige in his address as Chief Guest at the ceremony to offer requisites to the temples located in rural areas in the island.

The ceremony held at the International Buddhist Centre recently was organized under the patronage of Ven Maharagama Mahinda Thera, Chief Incumbent, Wellawatta International Buddhist Centre. Hettige said Buddhist places of religious worship islandwide are being developed today by the devotees of the area. The Buddhist community is able to devote their time, energy and resources for such religious duties due to the peaceful environment prevailing in the country with the elimination of terrorism.

“Every effort should be made to establish a righteous society to achieve further development economically. In this regard the Buddhist places of religious worship could exert a great influence on the children as well as adults,” he said. The government is rendering yeoman service to uplift the Buddhist dispensation, Hettige pointed out.

“The Sangha is the life blood of the Buddhist nation. However, some elements criticize the conduct of their own brethren. Laymen should not be involved in such disputes”, he said. He added that temples should not be turned into business centres.

“Such trends should be averted”, he said adding, if the temples and Maha Sangha are strengthened, it would not be difficult to build a righteous society.

 

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